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B-segment cars have been getting a whole lot of attention lately, what with super-good offerings like the Ford Fiesta, Mazda2 and Honda Fit setting the bar high for the class. Toyota has its friendly little Yaris, but that model hasn't seen any sort of real update since its debut in late 2006, but large changes are in the works.

Toyota's North American operations have reportedly been pushing for the Yaris to grow in size, and we should get a conceptual preview of what to expect at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Toyota is also working on a hybrid powertrain for the Yaris in Europe, though reports state that this engine isn't slated for the United States. Odd, especially since Toyota has always talked about expanding its Prius nameplate to include a range of hybrid vehicles.

For now, we'll keep our eyes peeled for more rumors, and we'll wait to see what Toyota has in store for a Detroit Show debut next January.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering the yaris competes against the Fit and Fiesta, replacing the car is probably a wise move. While they are at it, they may as well replace the Scion xD also. talk about a forgettable car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Etios does not appear to be any larger than the Yaris. It is also a basic stripped vehicle designed for India. It would have no chance of passing emissions and safety requirements for America. Toyota needs to a new North American built Yaris desperately. The current one is outclassed by miles and with the Yen climbing importing it from Japan is not working out very well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Toyota's North American operations have reportedly been pushing for the Yaris to grow in size, and we should get a conceptual preview of what to expect at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show...."

        I think this Yaris replacement would be no other than the Toyota Etios....


      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like an insect on bicycle tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      'Toyota's North American operations have reportedly been pushing for the Yaris to grow in size'.....

      This is the only Toyota I look at on the road.... The hatch has some sense of balance and integrity... and they seem to be everywhere.... so let's make um' a sedan the size of the invisible corolla... make them in beige and forget about them...

      • 4 Years Ago
      The four-door isn't too bad, but the two-door is a penalty box.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The best Yaris is the 5 door hatch. I never understood why you yanks never got it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be nice if they put out a small, sporty Fiesta-sized hatch back and marketed it as an AE86 successor. If the price is right a car like that could help move Toyota away from their "generic" image
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bigger? :/
      Just make a Corolla hatch.

      Why keep growing the same thing, you just end up cycling out big products and replacing them with new ones that are the original size.

      Look at the Civic, it's grown a lot. Instead of the Civic hatch, they have the Fit.
      Focus grew too big, now they have a fiesta.
      Taurus kept growing, now a Focus has replaced it and the Taurus is basically the Crown Vic now.

      I don't get it at all.

      Anyway, i drove a Yaris and it was pretty comfortable and had decent power for what it was. lots of cargo room... no complaints here. Wait for the gas price spike to increase your sales, Toyota..!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe it did, but notice this happens with a lot of cars. I don't think it's always an issue of

        Sentra is almost mid-sized now, Versa replaced it..
        Altima is freaking huge now. Ever seen one on the road?
        Aveo is growing, so the Spark will replace it.
        BMW 3 series grew, so they introduced a 1 series which is about the size of the original 3 series.. ha.

        etc etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same here in Germany.

        VW Polo has now the size of an Golf (Rabbit) and the luxury.
        The Golf was sized up to the Passat. Also the Costs were upgrated.
        Now VW is missing a small car. The Fox sucks, because of its high fuel consumption and its bad quality.

        the polo is great on the opposite, but why not call it Golf or leave the fiesta a fiesta.

        mybe its because ppl get fatter and fatter :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets hope they keep it in it's current size and price bracket...no upsizing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to retain the size.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It doesn't need to be bigger. If you want me to consider it, you have to:
      - put the gauges in the proper place
      - make it less cheap looking and feeling than its competitors, give it some character
      - make the 5-door available with a manual transmission
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring back the xA!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Toyota's North American operations have reportedly been pushing for the Yaris to grow in size"

      That's called a Corolla, ya maroons.

      Why does the NA auto industry always have to be the killer of fun?

        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they mostly want to get rid of a relatively expensive Made In Japan model. Also the upsizing may be being pushed for to give more of a gap between the iQ and it.
        Personally I don't think the Yaris should go, since it's probably one of the most reliable cars Toyota makes, but it's probably not a big profit generator given it's high assembly costs and low selling price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Toyota's North American operations have reportedly been pushing for the Yaris to grow in size..."

        +3 on "that's what the Corolla is for." I'm only too willing to believe that dealers are getting 300 lb customers complaining about the Yaris' compact size. But hey, you want to be that big, you pay the $5K for a bigger car. After all, if you can afford all of those Cheetos...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like the Fit, Fiesta, etc, the Yaris is popular BECAUSE it is a small car. It was brought to the US to fill this "new" small car segment. So, why would you talk about making your small car bigger?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. I'm sick of hearing "North American HQ wants Xcar to be bigger.". Guess what its a smell segment car. If some fat arse people can't fit in it and complain guess what lead them to a Corolla end of story. We've had to many cars be killed in terms of looks due to this "make it bigger" philosphy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, it's probably just growing in size to compete with the Honda Fit and Versa, both of which are featherweight and both of which are much bigger (at least inside) than a Yaris
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's actually called the Auris... and considering that the auris is already done up ala hybrid it seems like a fitting move to bring it to north america...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the Corolla got pretty gigantic, so I'm not surprised. My brother had a late 90's Accord and replaced it with a 2010 Corolla, and the amount of usable space was about the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Yaris was already mediocre. With increasing competition leaving it alone to even face the Chevrolet Aveo wouldn't be a wise move.

      I can just see the new Yaris. Just as ugly - just as useless on the inside - and it accelerates suddenly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even if I had jumped on the SUA bandwagon, I'm not aware of any reported cases of Yarises "accelerating suddenly."

        All Toyota needs to do to make the Yaris substantially more interesting is to use the same tuning as Australian-market models. Having driven both, the Oz model rides, handles, and steers with a useful margin of extra firmness. Still no sports car, but it's really not bad.
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